Fourth judicial employee tests positive for COVID-19 in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More possible evidence of community spread of the coronavirus has been confirmed by the Kanawha County Health Department.

Officials say another person who worked inside the Judicial Building has tested positive for the novel virus.

The employee had access to the building during the time period of March 15th through March 20th.

It was first reported on Saturday that a member of the judicial branch had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That person was immediately isolated at the hospital.

At that time, the Kanawha County Commission ordered that the Judicial Building close to the public immediately.

Since then, a total of four employees in the building have been diagnosed.

The Judicial Annex will now remain closed until April 6, 2020.

“As soon as the County was made aware of an additional positive test from the Judicial building, we began working with the elected officials whose employees work within the building as well as the Supreme Court to determine our actions moving forward,” said Commissioner Ben Salango. “We have worked with the Supreme Court who is the employer of the majority of the employees in the building and the County elected officials to notify their employees of the actions being taken. The Health Department continues to make contact with persons who may have been in contact with the most recent positive case and will advise them of actions they need to take.”

Judicial Annex employees are asked to isolate themselves until April 6.

Employees should monitor their temperatures twice daily. If fevers increase or they have other symptoms—cough, shortness of breath—they should contact their health care providers.

Health Officer and Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Dr. Sherri Young says there are now 15 cases in the county. Seven of those patients are in the hospital.